Rep. O’Neill is proud to announce that his efforts as the former Ranking Member on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee lead to reduced criminal recidivism, less populated prisons and plummeting arrest rates over the past few years. Last week the legislature’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) confirmed the results of Rep. O’Neill’s efforts in a new criminal justice report summarizing recent trends.
The Under Secretary for the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Office, Mike Lawlor, announced at Friday’s Judiciary Committee hearing that 2011 statistics show a continued downward trend in overall criminality which was sparked by the work Rep. O’Neill did as a committee leader. Rep. O’Neill’s efforts lead to the following promising statistics:
• From 2009 to 2011, arrests dropped 15.5% in the state
• Adult recidivism dropped 10% among offenders on probation in the last five years
• Last month there were 3,000 fewer inmates in Connecticut than in 2008
• There are 50,000 offenders on probation today, as compared to 60,000 a few years ago
• Juvenile recidivism dropped over 4% since 2009
“I am proud to have made such a palpable difference in criminal recidivism and arrest rates during my tenure as the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee. Effective and responsible criminal justice reform is an important issue and I am happy to report that through our efforts, the state is enjoying both enhanced public safety as well as a reduced burden to taxpayers” Rep. O’Neill said.
He added “I am very pleased to see that the downward trend in prison populations, recidivism and arrests that my colleagues and I worked hard for in committee is projected by OPM to continue. I am committed to ongoing efforts to reduce crime and make Connecticut a safer place to live.”
Rep. O’Neill has played a leading role in reducing crime rates since in 1994 when he served at the Republican leader on a Conference Committee which created a major piece of legislation to curtail urban violence, juvenile crime and gang activity. The contemporary decrease in crime began with the work that the Conference Committee accomplished, which is now finally being realized in the state’s criminal justice system.
Rep. O’Neill served as Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee during the 2005 – 2011 legislative sessions. He currently serves as the House Deputy Republican Leader-at-Large and is a member of the legislature’s Appropriations, Judiciary, Regulations Review, Legislative Management and Law Revision Committees.